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Doctors opposed free IVF for older women. Will they take away from those who are over 50 the opportunity to become mothers?
The initiative group of Russians organized a collection of signatures against IVF: the other day a letter demanding that this procedure be prohibited was sent to the Russian government.
“The letter says that money is being spent by no one knows where,” said Academician Director of the A.N. Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery, told a meeting in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. Bakulev RAMS Leo Bokeria.
Public opinion was agitated by the story that occurred this spring in the Bakulev center.
“The child came to us with a very simple defect, but he had severe complications, thrombosis, and so on. And everyone rushed to the fact that this child was conceived using IVF, he has no immunity … I got into the literature, but there is not much information, even in English, "- said Bokeria.
There is not even a register of children born with IVF in Russia. And because there is no statistics on the health of these children compared to their regular peers.
In the West, such statistics exist, and it does not add optimism. So, in children “out of the tube” heart defects are twice as common and chronic diseases of the stomach and intestines are four times more often.
In February of this year, protests against IVF began in Belarus. The Ministry of Health of the Republic announced that it plans to make the first IVF procedure free for infertile couples.
By the way, in Russia free ECO for OMS was introduced back in 2013. After that, billions of rubles were allocated from the budget for the construction and development of IVF centers.
In Belarus, the initiator of the protests against free ECO was the Catholic Church.
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz sent a letter to the Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus, in which he called extracorporeal fertilization "a huge business for human disaster."
“Therefore, the representatives of this business and the medical structures connected with them hush up the difficult and sometimes disastrous consequences of this procedure for the woman, as well as information about poor health and sometimes about the disability of children conceived in such an unnatural way. This business no longer pays for the treatment of such women and children, it falls on the shoulders of taxpayers, that is, you and me. Financing this inhuman procedure at the expense of the budget makes us all responsible for this evil, with which we cannot agree, ”the archbishop writes.
Today in Russia, more than 125,000 IVF procedures are performed per year, as a result, 30,000 children are born out of 1.6 million of all newborns. That is, every 50th child is born from a test tube.
Every year the number of free quotas increases. Also relaxed conditions for those wishing to receive this procedure. Initially, for example, for free IVF, there were age limits: in different regions, the age limit for women varied from 35 to 38 years.
After the letter of public activists who oppose IVF, a meeting was held at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on this issue.
In general, the doctors of the industry, as expected, called for the continuation of free IVF programs, and the accusations of having children with disabilities called unfounded.
The IVF procedure is expensive and based on this is not available for 80% of the population. Therefore, IVF due to public money is the only chance for the industry to develop.
And yet, one direction IVF doctors suggested to roll. It is about IVF for older women. Today in the world the 72-year-old Indian woman has become the most grown-up mother. But Russia is also trying to keep up: giving birth “for 50” and even “for 60” no longer surprises anyone.
Director of the Institute of Reproductive Medicine of the National Medical Research Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatology named after Academician V.I. Kulakova ”of the Ministry of Health of Russia Tatyana Nazarenko reported that the prospects for IVF with their own eggs over the age of 42“ are reduced to zero ”- the effectiveness is only about 2%.
“In many countries, free IVF for older women is restricted,” said Tatyana Nazarenko. – In England, for example, up to 40 years, two free attempts are given, from 40 to 42 years – one attempt, then IVF is not done at all. We have no restrictions now. ”
In the near future, an “age limit” will be introduced in Russia for free IVF. It will most likely be limited to 40 years. Some human rights activists consider such restrictions inhuman and unlawful, because the probability of pregnancy with a donor egg is very high, even for women 50 years and older.
Donor egg from the budget is not paid, but you can buy it for your money for about 130-150 thousand rubles, which is affordable for most Russians. The price of IVF itself, along with the cost of a donor egg, is about half a million rubles, and this is already money for the average Russian woman to be very heavy.
However, the pregnancy of women of pre-retirement and retirement age in itself causes a lot of controversy in society. Thus, a resident of Ukraine, who gave birth to her only child in 2011 at the age of 66, became the victim of a harassment from neighbors.
Immediately after the birth of the girl, they started collecting signatures demanding to take the child away from the mother and send them to the orphanage. Further, the conflict flared up in earnest. As soon as the mother left the stroller out of the house, as “good” fellow citizens began to photograph the girl, videotape and send complaints to all instances. In their opinion, the girl “did not hold the head” and, on the whole, did not develop well.
The persecuted mother, fearing that the girl would be taken away, stopped releasing her outside the apartment, letting pediatricians, social workers and outsiders into the apartment. So the baby turned out to be a prisoner in four walls at the behest of the well-wishers.
Sponsors who initially assisted an elderly mother (a woman is lonely and has no close relatives), because of the scandal erupted, they abandoned their ward. Now, as the Ukrainian media write, mother and daughter eke out a beggarly existence. The woman’s pension is so small that they don’t even have money for food with the baby.